Heritage Content Editor

Heritage Content Editor

Overview

Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) seeks a freelance Content Editor to assist with the delivery of the Our Stories project, interpreting and sharing a variety of aspects of our local heritage.
The contractor will report to the Activity Lead Officer for Engagement, Research, and Development. The schedule for the role is flexible and much of the work can be completed remotely.

1. Context

The Our Stories project is developing a digital platform for a rich, public archive of memories, images, and other responses to the heritage of the Falkirk council area. The collection and collation of local history is being implemented with extensive community involvement with programmes of training in digital media, research and interpretation for participants of all ages contributing to the development of content.  An easily searchable public site will showcase Falkirk’s Stories and assets to the wider public.

Our Stories is one of four projects within the Falkirk area Great Place scheme, Landscape, industry, and work. The scheme focuses on connections: raising awareness of our rich heritage from physical assets to community knowledge and understanding the value of this in shaping our area’s future. Established and new networks – physical, social, and digital are key to the project.  Recording, interpreting and celebrating Falkirk’s heritage through its routes, places and landmarks will be complemented by investment in social and digital platforms that will widen the reach and encourage more people to get involved in the area’s heritage. The Falkirk Great Place Scheme partnership consists of Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Council, Scottish Canals, and Central Scotland Green Network Trust

The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Great Place Scheme is a pilot programme, investing in 9 places around Scotland with the goal of enabling heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with other organisations in other sectors, in order that heritage contribute more to meeting local social, environmental and economic objectives. By strengthening the networks between heritage, civic and community organisations, and by involving citizens and local businesses, projects will enhance the role that heritage plays in the future of each place.

2. Structure

The Content Editor will be based within FCT Great Place project, reporting directly to the Activity Lead Officer for Engagement, Research, and Development. Much of the work can be completed remotely with occasional in-person meetings to coordinate with project staff and community groups or partners.

3. Roles and Responsibilities 

Working with the Great Place team, the Content Editor will undertake the following responsibilities:

Content Editor Responsibilities

 ·         Review submissions from projects to ensure accuracy of content.
·         Edit copy for style consistency.
·         Write web copy.
·         Source images for site.
·         Check copyright.
·         Manage upload of content through the Our Stories CMS.
·         Conduct content audits to identify gaps and redundancies in the site content.
·         Liaise with GP staff to create and implement content schedules based on planned Great Place activities, events, workshops, etc.
·         Assist Great Place staff in providing guidance/ training for GP volunteers and project participants on writing and producing content for the site.

4.Timescale

This is a self-employed contract comprising an estimated 22 days of work beginning 9th March, 2020 ending 31st July, 2020.

An appropriate schedule would be worked out with the Activity Lead Officer at the start of the contract. Much of the work may be undertaken remotely or at flexible times, but the contractor will be required to organise/ attend occasional meetings with participating groups and individuals, as well as with project staff.

This contract is offered on a self-employed basis and the contractor should take full responsibility for any tax and national insurance contributions relating to the fee.

5. Budget

The contract is offered with a fixed fee of £3,150 including expenses, which will be paid by agreed instalments over the course of the contract (subject to receipt of invoices).

6.Person Specification

For successful delivery, this contract will require:

Essential

  • A background in history or other research-driven academia
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently with only general direction and minimal supervision
  • A high degree of organisation, flexibility and professionalism

Desirable

  • Experience of working within a community environment and liaising with a wide range of individuals and groups
  • Ability to think creatively, independently and problem solve
  • Hands on experience with content management systems

7. Application and Selection Process

Individuals interested in being considered for the contract should send:

  • A CV and brief cover letter outlining why they are suitable for this position and what experience they bring to the post
  • Two writing samples from previous work
  • Details of two references that we can contact prior to shortlisting

Deadline: 12pm, 21st February, 2020

Email to: greatplace@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or by post addressed to: Great Place Project, Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Community Stadium, 4 Stadium Way, Falkirk, FK2 9EE.

Interviews will be held on 3rd March 2020

Desired start date of the contract: wk/ beginning 9th March 2020

8. Further Information

If you wish to arrange to discuss the brief further, please contact: Harriet Ward, Activity Lead Officer, Falkirk Community Trust, email: harriet.ward@falkirkcommunitytrust.org 

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